I Don’t Do Meditation (Really?)

The other day I was being interviewed for an upcoming article. The interviewer asked about any daily  practice I had for tapping into my intuition. I really, really wanted to be able to say, “I meditate for 30 minutes every morning to start my day.” That’s my perception of what someone who speaks about intuition should be saying. But, the truth is, unless I’m at a retreat or workshop with a group of people, I find it very difficult to sit still for more than five minutes at a time.

So, my daily meditation may not look like meditation, but it works for me. I walk at the park every morning. Even when I have a breakfast meeting, I schedule a return trip home to quickly change and head to the park with my dog Forest. A moving meditation in nature is perfect for me. I also play solitaire on the computer. When I need an answer or am trying to solve a problem, I’ll open up the solitaire game and play for ten to fifteen minutes. Answers pop into my head all the time that way.

Everyone knows about the ideas or solutions that come to many of us in the shower. We’ve got part of our brain on autopilot doing the tasks of washing, so the rest of our mind can daydream and enjoy the feel of water pouring down on us. And, while we’re daydreaming our intuition sneaks in to give us an Aha! Moment, peace, or clarity about something we’ve been mentally wrestling with. A moving or active meditation can provide the same benefits.

Perhaps you’ve told yourself you can’t meditate or you just don’t like to do it. Or, maybe you’re blessed with easily being able to meditate and can’t understand what’s wrong with the rest of us. In either case, consider the possibility that there are always other ways to achieve the benefits of peace, calm, and clarity that come from meditation.

Surrender to the ways to slow down the mind and ‘hear’ your inner voice that work best for you, even if they don’t look like the ways the experts or your friends tell you are ideal. The trick is to seek out what works for you and make it a priority. And, when it’s something that you truly enjoy doing, making that activity a priority is a heck of a lot easier than forcing yourself to meditate. Willpower is overrated. Go for what feels good and delivers the benefits you desire.

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One Response to “I Don’t Do Meditation (Really?)”

  1. Amy H. says:

    Thanks for giving an alternate definition! I’d been feeling guilty for not being able to do the sitting still thing. I run a couple of times a week and also do yoga. These both are meditative practices in their own right. Good ideas do pop up then.

    Another method for getting the mind to tap intuition is to assign the problem/question as a task to my brain at night right before bedtime. The answer is sometimes revealed in a dream, the next morning or in days to come. This is a trick from Anne Robinson.

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